Show me the money (piece)! Yes, we went out of our way to start this article with a ‘90s movie reference but nothing epitomises the ‘90s like money piece hair. Gracing the locks of more celebs than we can mention, you’ll have seen this trend all over your Insta feed even if you didn’t know […]
Show me the money (piece)! Yes, we went out of our way to start this article with a ‘90s movie reference but nothing epitomises the ‘90s like money piece hair. Gracing the locks of more celebs than we can mention, you’ll have seen this trend all over your Insta feed even if you didn’t know what it’s called yet.
Tina Mehmi, part of our talented Colour Workshop Team, is on hand to give us the inside scoop on all things money, money, money; a versatile look that combines nostalgia for a simpler and (you might say), less *sophisticated* time in hair and beauty, with 2022’s selfie-ready standards for detailing, haircare and long-lasting wear.
What is money piece hair and why is it called that?
Money piece hair is largely one-tone, with highlighted strands framing the face. This style gives a lighter and brighter feel and can be bold or natural, with both options lending a pretty pop to your features. Whether you opt for a complete contrast like pink on blonde or play it safe with a money piece three or four shades lighter than your main colour, this is a striking look that you’ll definitely be tempted by if you’re suffering from mane fatigue.
You can choose root-to-tip pigment exclusive to your frontal strands; also known as the chunky money piece, or ask your stylist for a balayage technique to avoid tell-tale regrowth between appointments. And why is it so named? Because you’re going to look super expensive.
Sure, we’re basically crushing on Geri Halliwell in her Spice Girls heyday and sure, five years ago, we might not have been seen dead with money piece highlights, but that’s what happens when Beyoncé gets a new hairstyle. Don’t worry though, chat to the right hairdresser and they’ll help you discover your own unique way to wear them. Find your closest Rush salon to get started.
Money piece hair ideas and inspo
Need a few examples to get your money piece on? Here are some of our favourite looks created at Rush.
Bold, chunky, purple money piece with dark hair
It goes without saying that a purple-on-black colour combo like this will require regular upkeep at the hairdressers, but it will also look stunning styled straight or curly and, in this shot, elevates a simple lob with ease.
Platinum money piece balayage with ashy-blonde hair
A cool look for cool, ashy blondes, a platinum money piece will do incredible things for blue-eyed beauties, especially if you happen to be rocking a tan at the mo. On top of that, this is a good way to play with platinum before taking a more drastic leap.
Strawberry-blonde money piece balayage with auburn hair
Blending gradually from strawberry-blonde into auburn, this ‘do makes perfect inspo for low-maintenance money-piecing, which can withstand fewer salon visits. Better yet, tying your hair back will be simple as ever, so trips to the gym or days in won’t involve hours of styling.
Sandy money piece with honey blonde hair
Our client is breath-taking, sporting a chunky yet natural money piece with endless Hollywood waves. The sand-on-honey pairing really warms up her complexion, too.
Money piece hair aftercare
The best way to maintain your money piece is to keep it looking healthy, bright, and fresh. Regularly book in for a toner with an Olaplex treatment as this will remove any brassy tones and maintain good condition of the hair. The best aftercare we can recommend is Kerastase Blonde Absolu shampoo and conditioner.
Reality check: what is money piece hair like to wear?
There’s really not much to worry about with a money piece (other than regrowth, which we’ve already covered). Be aware that an effortless updo might need slightly more time than usual if you have a contrasting money piece, and for everyday ease, make sure that the colour you choose complements your go-to style. Your hairdresser should be able to provide advice on this.
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